The National Cricket Development Programme – Malay Cricket Association of Malaysia (MCAM)
The Malay Cricket Association of Malaysia (MCAM) has been very active in developing cricket for Malaysians since the 1950s. In 1992, MCAM initiated programmes promoting the participation in cricket for players regardless of race and religion by going into rural areas to introduce youth to the game and form teams from different parts of Malaysia
to participate in the Under-12 Elite National Competitions.
This programme won the MCAM Asia’s Best Overall Development Programme for 2004 Award by the International Cricket Council. Further achievements by MCAM since 1999 include:
- National Under-19 team: victory at 2008 World Cup over Zimbabwe
- National Under-15 team: 4th place at the CLICO Cup Competition in West Indies in 2009
- National Under-17 team: 2nd place in 2009 Under-17 Asia Cup Championship in Nepal
- National Under-15 team: victory over Sri Lanka Under-15 in 2008 (Sri Lanka is considered the best team in this category)
- National Under-17 team: runner-up at the Asian Cricket Council Cup 2009 in Nepal
- National Under-16 team: 3rd place at the Asian Cricket Council Cup 2010 in Nepal
There are currently 14 registered cricket associations which are governed by MCAM. Close to 80%% of the national players have come from MCAM’s development programme.
YSD has been a keen supporter of Cricket Youth Development Programmes, particularly those which benefit youth from the grassroots level onward. To date, YSD has pledged RM545,000 to help fund the development programmes to expand the reach to more youth throughout the nation.
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